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Linklater: Making ‘Boyhood’ Over a 12-Year Span Was a Leap of Faith

Linklater: Making ‘Boyhood’ Over a 12-Year Span Was a Leap of Faith

Photos of young actor Ellar Coltrane aging over the 12 years 'Boyhood' was in production.

Photos of young actor Ellar Coltrane aging over the 12 years ‘Boyhood’ was in production.

Writer/director Richard Linklater’s new film Boyhood is now in theatres, just a mere 12 years since the Houston native first began shooting it.

The famed director of Dazed and Confused, Bernie, Waking Life, the Before series and School of Rock decided to engage in a long-term experiment of sorts: make a narrative film about growing up through the eyes of a child, using the same cast, filmed in short stretches, every year for a dozen years.

He cast then-six-year-old Ellar Coltrane as Mason, Jr. (the boy of Boyhood), his own daughter Lorelei Linklater as Mason’s sister Samantha, and Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke as their parents.

The film, which is largely set in Houston and Austin, captures not only Mason Jr.’s childhood, but what the last dozen years have looked, sounded and felt like for many children and their parents in 21st century Texas. Linklater talks with Houston Matters host Craig Cohen about the film, and about shooting in Houston.